Musset didn't write the way he did because he drank absinthe, instead he drank for the same reason for which he wrote just like that: namely out of despair.
Along my way with the "fairy" I have sampled several brands, contemporary as well as vintage absinthes from around the 1900's. And I can sincerely tell that there is a huge variety in quality and authenticity.
Browse the categories below to read reviews, high and low, on both modern reproductions as well as century old absinthes that take you back in time.
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From the Pontarlier based distillery Les Fils d'Emile Pernot and Archive Spirits come this creation. The first batch of Roquette 1797, based on a recipe from that year - 1797. Its powerful herbal profile and the prominent Pontarlier Wormwood gives this absinthe a very unique touch.
Absenta Argenti was made for several decades but production ended in the early 1970's. The recipe changed over time and this here represents the very last version. It's easy to see that more and more producers resorted to mixing essences and taking shortcuts.
I was thrilled to find this as it gave me the possibility to compare it with the same brand, 30 years younger. Needless to say they should've kept to this older recipe.
Another nice absenta true to traditional absinthe with the typical Spanish touch.
A terrific absenta made in Barcelona with a long history and a long lingering taste. Where did all these great brands go...?
One of the first vintage Spanish absentas I ever tried. It made sure I kept hunting for more. Montana is still made today but nothing like this - sadly.
The name Montana dates back to when the Spanish made really good quality absinthes in the mid 1900's. Today, Montana is nothing but an oil mix. But still, one of the better ones.
If you ever find rainbow colored absinthes, you can be sure they're from Tunel - regardless of what the label says. It's simply one more oil mix.
The US version of the Absente 55%. European version differs only slightly and since this was reviewed a new product, Grande Absente, have entered the market.
Made by French distillery Paul Devoille for German liqour company Vom Fass.
There are so many Czech absinths like this one it actually hurts. For real. Artificially colored and almost blue... The review speaks for itself.
The name and label says it all. Even though it's aiming at the night clubs this La Bleue is actually worth going to bed with. It's quite juicy.
Yet another La Bleue from the heart of Val-de-Travers. There are so many...
Artisanal Val-de-travers distiller Alain Rey is previously known for the typical Swiss style La Fee Vallonne. This one, a 68% Swiss blanche is another La Bleue but with a stronger alcohol bite. A 53% version of the exact same recipe is also available.
Absinthe Blanche Neige is a Swiss La Bleue, distilled for Absinthes.com. Packed with alpine freshness and a fruity minty punch of wormwood to knock you right out of your boots.
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Many writers "of old" wrote poems or passages about absinthe. Some drank it, some didn't. Find some of them here as well as reviews and notes on modern books about absinthe.
The Absinthe Poetry section has seen several updates the past days. Poems and information about more authors; Antonin Artaud, Arthur Symons, Francis Saltus Saltus, Florence Folsom and Robert Loveman. Open your mind and have a drink while you enjoy their lyrics.
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